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Nicolás Maduro meets with the pope in surprise visit to Rome

October 24, 2016. Pope Francis met with Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro. The private visit took place in the midst of the "worrysome political, social, and economic situation the country is going through, which is having serious repercussins in the daily life of the people,” according to a statement from the Vatican.

Holy See and Vietnam begin their 6th bilateral meeting today

October 24, 2016. The sixth meeting between the Holy See and a delegation of Vietnam begins today to improve relations between the two states. The Vatican delegation is headed by Antoine Camilleri, while the head of the Vietnamese delegation is Bui Thanh Son, with Foreign Affairs. The last meeting between the two state delegations was in September 2014.
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Pope to award 2016 Ratzinger Prize to Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles

October 20, 2016. The winners of this year's Ratzinger Prize will be Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles. The former, an Italian priest, is an expert in Systematic Theology and History of Medieval Theology. The latter is Greek and an Orthodox. He is an expert in History of Dogmas and Dogmatic Theology. He will be the first Orthodox to be awarded the prize given by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, considered by many the Nobel Prize of Theology.
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Pope Francis sends his condolences to Thais after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 14, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Thailand to express his condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was 88 years old, and his reign spanned seven decades. Pope Francis said he is "deeply saddened” and he expresses his closeness to the members of the royal family and the Thai people.
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Pope sends 100,000 dollars for Hurricane Matthew victims

October 14, 2016. Through the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Pope Francis will send $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The money will fund relief efforts in the first stages of recovery after the devastating effects of the hurricane. With this gesture, the pope wants to express his "closeness of spirit and fatherly support” to everyone in the affected area.
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Pope authorizes new decrees of heroic virtues for four potential saints

October 11, 2016. Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues to four people, who are being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood. The decrees were given to the following "Servants of God:”
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Pope Francis rejects death penalty on Twitter: #NoDeathPenalty

October 10, 2016. The Pope has has given his support via Twitter to the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The following message can be read in each of his nine accounts, in their respective languages: "Punishment should necessarily include hope! #NoDeathPenalty.”
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Pope Francis announces Synod about youth and vocation

October 6, 2016. It will be held in 2018 under the name "Youth, faith, and vocational discernment.” Preparations for the second Synod of bishops convened by Pope Francis are well underway.

Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.

The harshest words used by Pope Francis on helping refugees and immigrants


Pope Francis is the son of Italian immigrants so, migrants and refugees have always been at the heart of his concerns.

Therefore, before the world put their eyes on this drama, he did. His first trip outside of Rome was to Lampedusa, the Italian island that hosts thousands of victims of "forced migration.” It was also one of the first times he spoke of the "globalization of indifference.”

July 8, 2013
"We are a society that has forgotten the experience of crying and the 'suffering' with the 'globalization of indifference.”

He even used harsh words about the tragedies at sea, as when 368 people died asphyxiated on a barge in October 2013.

October 3, 2013
"I can not remember without pain, the many victims of the tragic shipwreck in Lampedusa today. I can only think of the word, shame: it's a shame!”

The Pope met with survivors and confessed that it was hard to find the right words when speaking to them.

The Pope's message on immigration is clear: We should not build walls but bridges. There is no need to close the doors, we must open them. So he asked each parish to take in a family of refugees.

September 6, 2015
"May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every shrine of Europe welcome one family, starting from my diocese of Rome.”

Even though they account for a larger statistical count of refugees since World War II, they are not numbers, they are people.

February 18, 2016
"This crisis which can be measured in numbers and statistics, we want instead to measure with names, stories, families.”

It was here, in Ciudad Juarez, where the Pope had one of the most significant gestures to migrants: Prayer at the border between Mexico and the United States for so many who lost their lives trying to improve it.

In late 2014, the Pope visited European institutions. He prophetically said these words, before some that decided that Europe must massively deport refugees. 

November 25, 2014
"Dear Members of the European Parliament, the time has come to build together the Europe that does not turn around the economy but to the sacredness of the human person, of the inalienable values.”

In 2015, more than one million people arrived by sea to European shores. They come from Syria, Iraqi and Afghanistan, mostly fleeing the bombs or the Islamic State. As of 2016, the number of migrants has grown to more than 140,000. They are people that Europe has decided brush aside and close its doors on them, forgetting the foundation that the European Union was found on in the midst of the aftermath caused by World War II.